But, this time, being blocked hasn't frozen me in place, I've written tons of outlines and notes for upcoming chapters, and LOTS on season 3.
Season 3 is fucking cosmic.
If I can just smash down chapters 3 and 5 (you'll see) I can tool along at 60 mph.
I think I'm just about ready to go on that.
It's one of those long-ass world-building backstory ones like 21 was. Those always trip me up.
How much details to leave in, leave out, save for future chapters to flesh out, etc.
It'll get done.
So, for content, how about all the post-En-Mike-lopedia 4 non-horror shit from September to now?
All right then.
I'm dead certain this was my second comic ever.
My first batch of comics all connected to a show or movie. I was a Star Wars nut, had all the figures, so, this was the obvious next step.
The Marvel run got sneered at during the Bantam novel/Dark Horse comics years...but then those got so formulaic and silly, the Marvels started looking good by comparison, and then Dark Horse reprinted them, and people saw they weren't so bad.
In fact, a lot of them were fucking great, and gave the best of Dark Horse a run for their money.
So, what's cool and uncool is arbitrary, and decided by dipshit hipsters, and you're best off liking what you like, and fuck everyone else.
Hulk #235 & #241 (1979)
And these were my first Hulks.
Naturally, because I was bonkers for the show.
Now, which one of these was exactly first is fuzzy to me.
"It's #235 you idiot!!".
Well, not necessarily.
See, back in my day, they had this thing where back-issues were packaged up in plastic bags, and put on end caps in toy departments of department stores.
So, I could've gotten #241 as the new one, and #235 after as the plastic-wrapped oldie.
In fact, I'm pretty certain #235 was in plastic regardless of when I got it.
Whichever order it was, they came within days/weeks of each other, so they're so closely tied, I'll just put them side by side.
My gut says #241 was first, but it's the kind of thing you can only really check with a time machine.
Oh, factoid, Machine-Man premiered in the "2001: A Space Odyssey", comic, so Hulk #235 is the Hulk/2001 crossover!
Talk about 70's, baby!
It vanished when we got home; I was heartbroken.
It never left my sight unless I was asleep, so I suspect shenanigans.
Anyway, I found it again at a flea market.
Couldn't fucking believe it.
No, not that exact one, a replacement, but still.
And, what the hell, let's chase the Florida theme down the rabbit hole...
My grandmother brought this one up from one of her Florida trips.
Hulk #372 (1990)
And, when I went down to Florida again two years later in 1990, I grabbed this one at Flea World, a flea market literally the size of a mall.
The only one I ever saw that made Shady Daves look pathetic and puny.
Their comic section wasn't a table or booth, it was a SHOP the size of Moonshadow!
Ahhh, shit, shoulda done this in time for Halloween.
Well...I can retro-link it, I guess...
Weird Vampire Tales #502a (1981)
Funny thing, I don't remember this actual book, what I do remember, is THIS.
Heh, heh, yeah!
Some kid brought that onto the playground, and that messed me up, and excited me at the same time.
It burnt into my mind once and for all that the adults were full of shit punishing me all the time for drawing stuff like that, if other adults out there in the real world were making a fucking living off it.
"Hey, if school is to prepare me for my job, and I can't practice my job, what is this place even for?".
Apparently, those cross-eyed dolts didn't see it that way.
Anyway, I luckily stumbled onto that image curiosity Googling, and was able to trace back all the anthology issues it was reprinted in, and "Weird Vampire Tales", was the only one in the 1980's.
Gotta be that one.
The one the kid brought to school had the cover ripped off, and the little shit wouldn't let me read the fine print shit to lock in on it to find and buy somewhere.
Man, didn't you hate it when people were like that?
Didn't you, say, want to chop their heads off?
Y'know, inspired by comics?
Cuz they do that, you know.
No one's responsible, there's no such thing as free will, it's all movies and comics.
Only writers and artists have free agency, everyone else is a blank puppet.
Superman #400 (1984)
One of my favorite comics ever.
An anthology by all the greatest writers/artists at the time projecting what Superman would look like in the future.
The artist lineup is right on the cover.
The fuggin' cat shredded it. B-(
I just got it back though. B-)
Creepy #146 (1985)
Contains a story where a guy uses witchcraft to body-swap his bitchy girlfriend with his cat, then proceeds to fuck the shit out of his cat-girl.
But, it all backfires when he has to feed her and change her litter.
Like "Faust", I chickened out of buying it.
Probably woulda gotten thrown away on me.
Anyway, nabbed it today. B-)
Disgusting Comics: Hambo (1987)
I got "Disgusting Comics: Fatso Fanny", but I missed out on this one.
This one contained "Butcher Block", about a kid with a block for a head, and he sheathed his little cleaver in the cleft in his head, and then would whip out the cleaver to kill people, starting with his parents.
Man, these writers knew what kids wanted to see, I tell ya.
Anyway, I can't find this, I'm damned lucky I even got the cover to confirm I didn't hallucinate the thing.
What The--?! #5 (1989)
Wolverine vs. Punisher in parody form, long before they were ever allowed to meet for real.
It's a fucking riot.
Another one shredded by a cat.
Oh, and he pooped on it too.
No, not Wembley, the cat I had at the time, Fuzz-bucket.
Anyway, got it back.
And the whole rest of the fuggin' series too.
Monsters Attack #1 (1989)
Contained a story called "Weirdbeard", about a zombie lumberjack with a demon living under his beard, and in his neck.
Gory as hell.
Chickened out buying it.
Traced it down, anyway.
Least I know what it is.
So, that's those.
If I could get "Weird Vampires Tales", "Hambo", and "Monsters Attack", my collection would feel whole, I'm sure of it.
All right, so we got the title this evening, now for a couple things I always wanted to update, but never got around to.
So, way back in the day of Krazyfool's Den Of Delusion, I did this little list of the title logos for the future prequels, but with crappy speculative titles that I felt seemed probable, and with colors that seemed appropriate, but as we know, things turned out really differently.
So, as an OCD thing, I finally went back, pulled a George Lucas, and fixed it.
And, I added Episode VII.
Unlike Lucas, here's the old version for comparison.
So, the subject of Sony's "Untitled Female Superhero Movie", has been revealed, and it's....
All of them!
The Black Cat, Silver Sable, Spider-Girl, Silk, Spider-Woman, and Firestar.
Tentative title is "Glass Ceiling".
Essentially, if they can pull this off as high quality, and not a turkey, they've got a female Avengers on their hands.
And, if they can crank it out before "Wonder Woman", shows up, they'll upstage DC and Marvel in the feminist superhero department.
That'd be a helluva win.
But, it's Sony, so they'll find a way to screw up.
I'd love to be wrong though, because I love all those characters.